Writing From Hay

Stories from the renowned literary festival, read by the authors before an audience.

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0101The Bad Shepherd20070529

Stories from the renowned literary festival, read by the authors before an audience.

Written and read by Peter Ho Davies.

A wily Welsh shepherd draws on the traditions of his forefathers to save his flock from the forces of progress.

010220070530

Alexander Mccall Smith reads his story about an Italian civil servant who obtains a posting in Brussels, where he adapts well to the less than strenuous demands of his new job.

0103Conversion20070531

Written and read by Gail Jones.

A small girl's fascination with the film Spartacus helps her come to terms with her mother's disappearance.

0104 LASTThe Sugar Daddy20070601

Written and read by Kathy Lette.

When Henry marries a glamorous young model, he gets his just deserts.

0201The Hilltop Singer2008052720100418

By Angela Huth.

There are few job prospects in the opera-loving Filippo's small Umbrian village and he is determined not to be merely a greengrocer or barber.

When a vacancy comes up at the smallest theatre in the world, the village's pride and joy, Filippo leaps at the chance.

The job involves selling postcards to tourists in the foyer, but Filippo dares to dream.

There are few job prospects in Filippo's small Umbrian village and he's determined not to be merely a greengrocer or barber.

When a job comes up working in the village's pride and joy - the smallest theatre in the world - Filippo leaps at the chance.

So what if it's just selling postcards to tourists in the foyer? Filippo dares to dream that he shall one day sing on that gilded stage.

Perhaps he'll be discovered and be able to pursue his ambition of becoming a famous opera singer?

Read by Angela Huth

Producer: Emma Harding.

Filippo jumps at the chance of working at the world's smallest theatre.

0202Travels With A Hydrosextant2008052820100425
20100504 (R4)

With his polaroid hydrosextant in hand, young Willie Paterson, apprentice quantity surveyor, takes us on a tour of his beloved Glasgow.

Little does he imagine that most of the streets and buildings he knows are about to be flattened by the wrecker's ball.

For this is the 1960s and over the next decade, the structure and architecture of Glasgow will change beyond all recognition.

Whole swathes of tenements and back greens will disappear to make way for the new age of the tower block.

And apprentice quantity surveyors are on the front line, helping to tally up the demolitions and measure the concrete on nearly 300 tower blocks all over Glasgow.

Read by Bill Paterson

Producer: Emma Harding.

By Bill Paterson.

Young Willie Paterson, apprentice quantity surveyor, tours Glasgow.

By Bill Paterson, based on the author's own experiences as an apprentice.

0203You've Got Everything Now2008052920100502

By Catherine O'Flynn.

A married man is haunted by his school experiences, in particular by his memories of Quinn, his inscrutable but troubled classmate.

A married man is haunted by his school experiences and in particular, by his memories of his inscrutable, troubled classmate, Quinn.

Costa Award winning novelist Catherine O'Flynn reads her specially commissioned short story for BBC Radio 4 in front of an audience at the Hay Festival.

Read by Catherine O'Flynn

Producer: Emma Harding.

A married man is haunted by his school experiences.

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0204 LASTWhen Boreas Blows2008053020100509

When Perry is born, his parents plant a Japanese Acer outside his window.

And as Perry grows, so does the tree, tall, pale and delicate.

By the time Perry is three, the branches reach up to his bedroom window and creak as if they had something to say.

That was when the North wind blew.

'It's only Boreas talking,' his father told him.

'King of the North wind.

He's cold and strong but he looks after you.'

Read by Fay Weldon

Producer: Emma Harding.

When life seems uncertain, a tree provides a source of comfort for a young boy.

By Fay Weldon.

As Perry grows, so does the tree, tall, pale and delicate.

By the time Perry is three, the branches reach up to his bedroom window and creak as if they have something to say.

When everything else in life seems uncertain, the tree provides a source of comfort.